CALL FOR PAPERS: Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association

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The Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (JAPNA) welcomes original articles that inform psychiatric nurses about important clinical and useful psychiatric care developments. We encourage the submission of articles that describe critical and timely analysis of the emerging issues and trends and discuss innovative models of practice as they relate to changing systems of health care. Clinical and research articles that deal with care issues at the level of individual, family, group, or community, as well as the relationship of these care issues to institutional, organizational, or public policy are also sought.

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 JAPNA Special Issue Call for Papers
Substance Use Treatment & Psychiatric Nursing:  Integrating Care
Slated for January 2022 issue

Scope of Issue & Paper Types Accepted: This special issue will focus on the evolution of treatments for patients struggling with substance use, the role of psychiatric nurses in providing care to this underserved and vulnerable population, and the empowerment of all nurses to aid in the destigmatization of these disorders when caring for patients with substance use.

Examples of Accepted Papers will include:
  • The opioid epidemic (changes in treatment/practice)
  • Treating substance use disorders (SUDs) during a Pandemic (best practices)
  • Tobacco use disorders (competencies)
  • SUDs on the Rise (amphetamines, benzodiazepines, etc)
  • Cannabis (therapeutic vs. non-therapeutic, nursing’s role, etc)
  • Prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery support
  • Alcohol use disorders
  • Neurobiology/genetics & SUDs
  • Youth/elderly/unique populations and SUDs
  • Destigmatization & shift in treatment (i.e., chronic relapsing disease of the brain)
  • Other

Guest Editor(s): Laura G Leahy, DrNP, APRN, PMH-CNS/FNP, CARN-AP, FAANP, FAAN; Susan Caverly, PhD, ARNP, PMHNP, BC - Co-Chairs of APNA Addictions Council

Deadline: April 1, 2021
Please note in your cover letter that you are submitting your paper for the Substance Use Special Issue.



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